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MLS WORKS, Chicago Fire, U.S. Soccer and SNHU Unveil New Mini-Pitches

MLS WORKS, Chicago Fire, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Southern New Hampshire University to Unveil New Soccer Mini-Pitches at Gage Park

 

Dedication of state-of-the-art mini-pitches culminates All-Star Community Day and Youth Soccer activities presented by AdvoCare.

 

As part of the 2017 MLS All-Star week, MLS WORKS – Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative – and the Chicago Fire will host an All-Star Community Day at Gage Park.  MLS All-Stars will join MLS WORKS, the Chicago Fire, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in unveiling two new mini-pitches.  The mini-pitches will provide a safe and accessible place to play, while supporting local youth programming, including the Chicago Fire’s P.L.A.Y.S. Program. Additionally, SNHU will award a full college scholarship to a deserving member of the local community as part of the dedication ceremony.  Media are encouraged to attend youth soccer activities and the unveiling of the mini-pitches for content and interviews; exclusive availability with select MLS All-Stars and MLS Commissioner Don Garber available following the dedication ceremony.
 
The MLS WORKS/Chicago Fire All-Star Community Day will be open to the public from 12:00 – 4:00 PM CT.  Facilitated by Chicago Fire Youth Coaches, community members will have an opportunity to participate in youth soccer activities presented by AdvoCare.  A free play zone with a soccer skills challenge, inflatables, games, music, food and more will be open to the public. 
 
Following the official dedication, the championship match from the MLS WORKS/Chicago Fire All-Star Community Day Youth Tournament, presented by AdvoCare, with teams comprised of Chicago Fire Juniors players, will be played on the new pitch.  MLS All-Stars will serve as celebrity coaches, and will be available for autographs and photos with event participants.
 
WHO: The ceremony will include short remarks from:

  • Don Garber, Commissioner, Major League Soccer
  • Nelson Rodriguez, General Manager, Chicago Fire
  • Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • Scott Durand, Vice President & Executive Director, Workforce Partnerships, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Kevin Navarro, First Deputy Superintendent, Chicago Police Department
  • Michael P. Kelly, CEO & Superintendent, Chicago Park District                                                               

Special guests scheduled to appear include:

  • MLS All-Stars
  • MLS Executives
  • Andrew Hauptman, Owner and Chairman, Chicago Fire Soccer Club & Chairman, Andell Inc.
  • Hector Lozano, Sports Director, Univision Chicago - emcee

 
VISUALS: Local Chicago boys and girls taking ceremonial first kick with players and executives. The championship match from the MLS WORKS/Chicago Fire All-Star Community Day Youth Tournament, presented by AdvoCare will be played on the new pitch.  MLS All-Stars will serve as celebrity coaches.
 
WHEN: Monday, July 31, 2017│3:00 pm – 4:00pm CT
  
WHERE: Gage Park (street parking available)
2411 W. 55th St.
Chicago, IL 60609
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Media interested in attending the mini-pitch unveiling to conduct interviews or receive event photos must contact Sean Dennison (sean.dennison@MLSsoccer.com).
 
ADDITIONAL MEDIA CONTACTS
Eunice Kim
Chicago Fire
708-496-6726
ekim@chicago-fire.com
 
Lauren Keane
Southern New Hampshire University
203-695-2264
l.keane@snhu.edu
 
Jennifer Arnold
U.S. Soccer Foundation
202-872-6662
jarnold@ussoccerfoundation.org
 
Lindsay Bomar
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
AdvoCare International, L.P.
Lbomar@advocare.com
817-729-5644 (c)

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